Anyhow, we went back to my house and I finally popped open the bottle of Chateau Miraval Rosé I bought a few weeks ago. If you're not up on all the pop-culture BS, Chateau Miraval is owned by Mr. Pitt and Ms. Jolie (yes, Brad and Angie). Is it any good? It's ok. Have I had tastier Rosé from Provence? Yep. It it worth the $25 price tag? Nope. The famous duo did work with a highly respected and renown French wine-making family (Perrin) to make this wine. If you want to learn about it, go ahead and use the world's famous search engine (I did), but here's the skinny: I love a good Rosé. I don't think there's anything quite as beautiful on a late-afternoon in July, then sitting in a backyard sipping on a nice Rosé (from Provence, preferably Tavel). I didn't exactly have the highest hopes for this, but I did expect some bang for my buck. $25 for a French Rosé is steep. Design (and Hollywood famousness) is likely the reason for the price tag as the bottle looks like a bottle of sparkling from days gone by, and the label is small but tasteful. The color is a lovely pink salmon, but the aroma is too subtle and faint for my taste. I hardly got anything off the nose, so I let it sit and warm up for a bit. What followed on the palate was some tart cherry/berries, herbaceous and floral notes and that was it. It was there and then it was gone. To be fair, we had this as an aperitif and didn't pair it with food. Perhaps with some nosh, things would have faired nicely.
Verdict: It ain't worth it. Rosé season is gone now, but next year, if you're a fan of Rosé, look for a Rosé from Tavel (France) or something from Ontario (Tawes Sketches is quite nice) under $20 and you won't go wrong. These are dry yet fruit-forward and do not disappoint.
After dinner, I opened a 2007 Menguante Garnacha (and I'm still enjoying it as I write this). This, thankfully, stood out for me tonight. Lovely medium ruby color, medium acidity and tannins. I could have let this lie a bit longer, but it's drinking really nicely right now. The oak is really subtle on the nose (blend of French and American), and what really comes through is spice (pepper), oak, cherry and red berries. On the palate, I get a bit of vegetal (green pepper), cherry, mint and oak. I think this would have gone nicely with the steak G had tonight during his boys night away from home. The alcohol is still coming through a tad strongly considering it's 6 year's old, so another year may have made this fantastic. Whatevs, the girlfriends and children are gone now, and I'm going to finish this bottle whilst watching some more Doctor Who (yay me!).
I hope you're all enjoying something delightful tonight. Good night to all, and to all a good night!